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Speech and Debate Team District Champions

After weeks of preparation, travel, and grueling competition members of the San
Marcos High School Speech and debate team are district champions and the runners up in district 26, 6A in Cross-examination style debate. The senior team of Sean Bryan and Bryanna Rivas finished the district competition in first place and their fellow team of seniors, Daisy Obregon and Julian Ybarra finished in second place. Over the course of the district championship the teams defeated teams from Judson, Smithson Valley, and Samuel Clemons High School. By “closing out” the final elimination round and securing the top two spots in the district the San Marcos debaters will have the opportunity to compete at the UIL state tournament this spring break, on the University of Texas at Austin campus. “UIL debate competition motivates students and provides them with practical application for the skills they are developing,” said Jana Riggins, UIL State Debate Director. “This year’s debate topic prompted students to research and form their own thoughts and opinions on the real-world issue our government is challenged with: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration in the United States.” Through participation at the UIL Cross- Examination State Meet, students who advance to the debate elimination rounds qualify for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships. Since its inception in 1959, the TILF has provided more than $32 million to more than 20,000 students. Amounts of scholarships range from $500 for one year to $20,000 over four years. This year TILF will disperse more than $1 million to more than 600 students. The TILF has over $11 million in endowed funds and receives direct scholarship grants each year of more than $800,000 from foundations, individuals and corporate sponsors throughout the state.

The Rattlers are looking forward to competing for a state championship this spring break and are hard at work. Next up the Rattlers head to Amarillo to get practice and preparation for the State tournament at the Amarillo: Canyon/Tascosa swing tournament.

Matthew G. Reichle Jr.